Wonder Woman first appeared in the DC Comics universe in 1941, and it took over thirty years before she was brought to life on the small screen. When Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman on TV in the late 1970’s, neither of us were old enough to watch it. The original TV series only ran for three seasons. The first season was set in the 1940’s and despite solid ratings, it wasn’t renewed after the first season due to high production costs. So the show’s producers revamped it and shopped it to a new network. They changed the name to The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and set it in the 1970’s, which was much less expensive to produce.
Although the series itself was relatively short-lived, the show ran in syndication throughout the 1980’s, and we were both die-hard baby fangirls. One of the first conversations we ever had with each other when we became friends involved discussing childhood idols, and Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman was at the top of both of our lists.
It was the first time either of us could remember seeing a female superhero on our televisions on a daily or weekly basis. Not only did she not need rescuing, but she was the one DOING the rescuing. She was smart, strong, brave, and clever, and we both wanted to be her when we grew up. This show was for US. For girls just like us. It was an amazing feeling. Wonder Woman gave girls the world over a role model and a vision of how they could be powerful – especially important for girls growing up in the 1980’s.
Fun fact – when Underoos exploded in popularity in the late 70’s and 80’s, both Sally and Rebecca proudly rocked our Wonder Woman Underoos around our neighbourhoods as we played superheroes with the neighbourhood kids.
It took over 70 years for this character to debut in a feature film, in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And then it happened: the news we’d been waiting for since we were little. Wonder Woman was finally getting her very own movie. We were both incredibly excited (and a little, okay a LOT nervous) about the new Wonder Woman movie. So many critics had so many opinions about this movie. Would they do her justice? Would they be able to capture everything about her that made us idolize her as kids? Would they create a legion of new Wonder Women fangirls, as well as stay true to everything the long-time fans loved?
Then we saw the movie.
And we fell in love all over again.
Gal Gadot is perfect for Diana, Princess of Themyscira. She IS Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins’ direction was phenomenal. The movie blew us both away. Especially everything to do with the Amazons on Themyscria. (When do we get an ENTIRE movie about the Amazons? Please??)
They’re fierce, beautiful, and totally badass. They are experienced, highly-skilled warriors. With scars and wrinkles and suntans. And they’re AMAZING. (Can you tell we’re Amazon fangirls? Fanmazons?!)
If you’re anything like us, you’re already looking forward to seeing Wonder Woman again in the new Justice League movie, in November 2017.
Hopefully this is just the beginning of a very successful run of movies, as well as a whole new normal for superhero movies with women at their center, directed by women, and possibly even written by women in the future. We are so thrilled that this first movie crushed all box office predictions. We’ll be seeing it again and again. We’ll be taking our daughters and sons to it. And we will make shirts. We will fangirl.
Celebrate with us! We’re excited to launch TWO NEW SHIRT DESIGNS! Wonder Fangirl, to go along with our SuperFangirl line of Superhero shirts, along with its sibling design Wonder Fan, for anyone who doesn’t identify with the word girl, and Themyscria Equestrian Team, to celebrate the awesome, amazing Amazons of Themyscria.